108 3c CARMINE

Plates 115-143 were printed using the Dry process, and the stamps were Die I.
All plates had imprints at the top. Plates 115-128 had a band of type D Lathework at the bottom.

Upper right Plate 115

Block with type D lathework.

Plate 115 had a Pyramid arrow in the the right margin.

Plates 116-117 and 121-134 had a Pyramid arrow in the the left margin and an R-Gauge marking in the right.

Plates 125-128 had plate imprints above the lathework.

Plates 130-131 had a band above the upper imprints.
This might have been lathework that was removed.
The imprint on these plates is almost always very faint.

Upper strip of plate 143.

In 1924 the die for the 3c was retouched and all subsequent plates were from Die II.

Die I
Die II
Stem of leaf above second "E" is far from "E"
Stem of leaf above second "E" is close to "E"

Die Proof of Die II in Carmine on India paper with die number X-G-87

Trial Color Proof of Die II in Black on card with die number X-G-87

Die II was used to print plates 144-164. All plates were printed using the dry method.
All of these plates had upper imprints, but no lower imprints and no lathework.

Upper strip of plate 144.

Upper strip of plate 164.

In late 1923 or early 1924 a few examples of the 3c imperforate were made available as favours.
It is not not known from which plate these examples originated.
Complaints from collectors caused the Post Office to issue further imperforate examples.
Mostly these came from from plates 126,127 and 128, but some were from plates 129,130 and 131.

Lower strip plate 126.

Lower strip plate 127.

Lower strip plate 128.

Blocks with pyramid guide lines and R-Gauge.

There are only a few examples known from plates 129,130 and 131.
These may have been the original favours or they may have been later favours.

Upper strip plate 129.

Lower strip plate 130.

Lower strip plate 131.

Beginning in late 1923 or early 1924 the three cent stamp was issued in booklet form in panes of four.

Booklet pane as issued.

Imperforate tete-beche booklet pane.

Sometime in 1924 a number of stamps from the coil sheets were made available to certain collectors
in some sort of private manner. There was an outcry from collectors in general and so additional
material was made available.

Blocks perforforated 8 vertically, one with the R-gauge markings.

Block with a trace of type D lathework.

Gutter block.

On July 1 of 1926 the postage rate for domestic letters was reduced from 3c to 2c.
This meant that the 3c Carmine stamps then in stock had only the relatively minor use
of paying the first class letter rate to the United Kingdom.

The Post Office decided to use up part of the stock of 3c stamps by surcharging them
with the overprint "2 cents".
The overprint was applied to some stamps in a single line and to others in 2 lines.

The vast majority of overprinted stamps seem to have come from plates 115,116 and 117.
This is somewhat strange since these are the first plates used and certainly not the plates in use in 1926.
A few examples are known from plates 162 and 163.

Upper block of plate 115 and block with pyramid guide arrow.

Upper block of plate 116.

Upper block of plate 117.

Blocks with the R Gauge marking and pyramid guide arrows.

Lower block with type D lathework.

Upper block of plate 162.

Upper block of plate 115 and block with pyramid guide arrow.

Upper block of plate 116.

Upper block of plate 117 and block with pyramid guide arrow.

Part of the excess stock of 3c stamps that the Post Office had on hand in 1926 were
numerous sheets of the coil stamps perforated 8 vertically.
These were held in stock until 1931 when the domestic postal rate went back to 3c.
They were then then perforated 12 horizontally and issued to pay the new rate.

Upper left plate 13.

Upper left plate 14.

Upper right plate 15.